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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

‘Chained CPI’ is cruel benefit cut to retirees, veterans

The writer is vice president, North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans.

With all the talk about the chained CPI (consumer price index), I’m very disappointed that my own Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) supports using chained CPI for Social Security cost-of-living adjustments. He said last week that veterans should be exempted. The fact of the matter is everyone should be exempted from the chained CPI because it is a severe and cruel benefit cut to Social Security beneficiaries, one that no one can afford.

Adopting the chained CPI for Social Security as part of deficit reduction efforts is off-base because the program does not contribute to the deficit to begin with. It’s also a bad idea because the current COLA under-estimates inflation experienced by seniors and people with disabilities and the chained CPI would worsen the disparity. Also, Social Security benefits are modest by virtually any measure.

With our nation facing a retirement income crisis, cuts to Social Security will only make that crisis worse. The vast majority of beneficiaries – veterans and others – live on extremely modest means, and they absolutely cannot easily absorb such a large cut to their benefits.

Duane Adkinson

Wake Forest


Marketplace Fairness Act protects N.C. businesses

The writer is president of Americans for Job Security.

On March 22, Sen. Richard Burr and the U.S. Senate voted in favor of the Marketplace Fairness Act, which levels the playing field between North Carolina’s local shops and remote online retailers. An outdated Supreme Court ruling currently bars North Carolina from having online retailers collect sales tax at the point of sale, like brick-and-mortar shops already do. As a result, the federal government is giving e-commerce as much as a 10 percent market advantage. The Marketplace Fairness Act, however, forges a path for a freer marketplace by empowering states to decide whether or not to have online retailers collect sales taxes. There has always been sales tax owed for online purchases; there has just been no mechanism in place to require online-only retailers to collect it.

By getting rid of this taxpayer-funded subsidy, Sen. Burr has helped level the playing field for North Carolina small businesses, protected the rights of taxpayers, and strengthened America’s free enterprise system.

Stephen DeMaura

Alexandria, VA


In response to “Marriage Act in doubt after court scrutiny” (March 29) and other articles:

Gay marriage harmful? Where are the protests about guns?

It never ceases to amaze me all the demonstrators that are out because of gay marriage, which does not do bodily harm to anyone. Where are the demonstrators for the banning of assault rifles, which do bodily harm to children, women, and men in schools, theaters, offices, or just plain walking on the street? It leads me to wonder just who is in charge of the United States, the Congress, the President or the NRA!

Rosanne D. Russell

Charlotte

Kids do best with loving parents, homosexual or not

The signs being carried in front of the Supreme Court this week in support of Proposition 8 read “Kids Do Best With A Mom & Dad.”

The conservative faction would have us believe that the TV-invented families of the 1950s are the norm, when according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation in 2011 almost 25 million children lived in single parent households. Are these children being cheated?

I think a more positive look at today’s families would say that it’s not the number of parents in the household, same-sex or opposite sex, but the quality of time, love, attention, and guidence that’s given to the child that will affect their success in life.

Linda Lawyer

Charlotte


In response to “Tax users of BofA stadium, not folks who likely never go there” (March 27 Forum):

Even if Panthers’ leave, we could watch Redskins again

The suggestion by Woody Fox is brilliant; why has no one suggested it before? A tax on the tickets for the football games is highly appropriate.

Prince Georges County, Maryland, site of FedEx Field, has had a 10 percent tax on Redskin tickets for several years. Why not Mecklenberg County? On the other hand, if the Panthers choose to leave Charlotte, there would be the likely benefit of seeing more Redskins games on local TV; years ago almost all Redskin games were televised here.

Ken Bullard

Charlotte


In response to “Spats over leadership preceded airport authority proposal” (March 17) and other articles:

Facts show why airport should remain under city’s control

Stan Campbell stated that “an authority would ensure the continued success” of our airport, but gave no supporting facts.

He also stated “every major airport in NC is an authority.” CLT is the only “major hub” in N.C. – RDU is a “medium hub” (37th in traffic) and N.C. has no other airport in the top 100.

Several facts support the current City management:

CLT is the WORLD’s 6th busiest airport & has been managed successfully since 1935;

Authorities only manage 10 of the top 25 airports;

City of Altanta manages the #1 airport;

City of Chicago manages the #2 airport;

CLT has the lowest cost per passenger;

Jerry Orr doesn’t need to be replaced by 12 people.

Earl Steffen

Charlotte

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